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Clinton Rejects Energy Jobs

- August 18, 2015

Today, Clinton Placed Herself To The Left Of Obama In Rejecting Thousands Of Oil And Gas Industry Jobs

CLINTON OPPOSES ENERGY EXPLORATION OFF ALASKA'S COAST

This Week, The Obama Administration Approved The Final Permit To Allow Shell To Begin Drilling In The Arctic. "The federal government on Monday gave Royal Dutch Shell the final permit it needs to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's northwest coast for the first time in more than two decades." (Dan Joling, "Feds Allow Shell To Drill For Oil In Arctic Ocean Off Alaska," The Associated Press, 8/17/15)

Earlier Today, Clinton Announced She Is Against Obama's Decision To Allow Offshore Drilling In The Arctic. "Hillary Clinton distanced herself Tuesday from President Barack Obama's decision to approve offshore drilling in the Arctic - a move that quickly drew attacks from the GOP but may shore up her support among skeptical environmentalists." (Elana Schor, Katie Glueck, and Andrew Restuccia, "Hillary Clinton Breaks With Obama On Arctic Drilling," Politico, 8/18/15)

Clinton: "The Arctic Is A Unique Treasure. Given What We Know, It's Not Worth The Risk Of Drilling. -H" (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed, 8/18/15)

"Tuesday's Tweet Plants Clinton Squarely In The Opposed Category," Of Offshore Drilling. "Tuesday's tweet plants Clinton squarely in the opposed category, and aligns her with environmental activists who want the United States to wean itself off fossil fuels and say drilling in the Arctic will deepen the country's commitment to oil." (Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton Breaks With Obama On Arctic Drilling," CNN, 8/18/15)

CLINTON'S OPPOSITION TO DRILLING IN THE ARCTIC PUTS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND NATIVE ALASKANS AT RISK

The Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management Found That Drilling In The Chukchi Sea Will Create Thousands Of Jobs

A "Development Project Of This Nature" Would Be "Yielding Employment And Income" According To A Study Conducted By The Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management In Regards To Shell's Chukchi Sea Project. "A large development project of this nature in a frontier region like the Chukchi Sea, with extreme environmental and logistical challenges, would entail substantial investment, infrastructure, and manpower, yielding employment and income." ("Chukchi Sea Planning Area," Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management , 2/15)

The State Of Alaska Could Receive An Annual Average Of 15,200 Job Years, Defined As One Job For A Year. "The NSB could receive an annual average of about 1,600 total job years, with the State receiving an annual average of approximately 15,200 job years." ("Chukchi Sea Planning Area," Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management , 2/15)

The High Wage Jobs Would Generate About $42 Billion In Total Income For The State, An Annual Average Of $780 Million. "These jobs, many of which are high wage oil and gas related jobs, could generate about $42 billion in total income for the State, with an annual average of $780 million, and over $5 billion in total income for the NSB with an annual average of $122 million." ("Chukchi Sea Planning Area," Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management , 2/15)

The Study Showed "Positive Economic Impacts" Throughout The Life Of The Project. "Considering all time periods from Years 1-77, the economic impacts from the routine oil and gas activities proposed in the Scenario would result in substantial positive economic impacts….As a result, the impacts on the economy from the Scenario would be major." ("Chukchi Sea Planning Area," Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management , 2/15)

A Study Done By The Institute Of Social And Economic Research At The University Of Alaska Anchorage Found Direct Benefits For Local Communities With Offshore Drilling

The Development Of The Chukchi Sea Drilling Could Lead To $96 Billion In Revenues For Federal, State, And Local Governments. "Commercialization of oil and gas resources in the Beaufort OCS and the Chukchi OCS, could generate $97 billion and $96 billion (in 2010$), respectively, in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, over a 50-year period." ("Potential National-Level Benefits Of Alaska OCS Development," Northern Economics, 2/11)

  • An Estimated 24,600 Jobs Will Come From The Development Of The Chukchi Sea. "It is estimated that about 30,100 jobs would be generated from the Beaufort OCS development and 24,600 jobs from development of the Chukchi Sea OCS." ("Potential National-Level Benefits Of Alaska OCS Development," Northern Economics, 2/11)

Alaska's Native Population Has Shown Disdain Towards Environmental Groups Who Are Trying To Kill Oil And Gas In Alaska

Native Alaskans Would Prefer "Greenpeace Mind Its Own Business" When It Comes To Arctic Drilling. "A lot of native Alaskans, including many who live along the state's North Slope, would prefer that Greenpeace mind its own business. The locals depend on the oil business-many work directly for the industry-and welcome Shell's exploration." (Paul Barrett, "Why Native Alaskans Support Shell's Arctic Drilling," Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

  • "Shut Down Oil And Gas, And You Would Be Turning Out The Lights In Our Villages." "'The NGOs aren't really concerned about us,' says Rex Rock Sr., a whaling crew captain from the tiny hamlet of Point Hope. 'Shut down oil and gas, and you would be turning out the lights in our villages.'" (Paul Barrett, "Why Native Alaskans Support Shell's Arctic Drilling," Bloomberg, 8/6/15)

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